Coming off the best record in TMC Women's soccer history, the Lady Mustangs have further sealed the 2010 season as a record breaking, history making year as four lady Mustangs have been honored with All American recognition.
Once again leading the way for her team, Emily Bruton was named to the All American first team- the first ever recognition for a Mustang Women's soccer player. Bruton was honored last year with Honorable Mention- the first All American recognition of any kind for the program. The Senior Forward was one of just thirteen players (and only 4 forwards) to be recognized to the first team. Bruton was third in the NAIA in game winning goals with 8 in 22 games. She was 18th in goals on the season with 18. She was the GSAC's player of the year after leading the conference in points with 34, goals with 16, and game winning goals with 6. Coach Curtis Lewis was full of excitement and praise for his star senior saying, "Emily Bruton will go down in the record books as one of the best ever to play in TMC program. She deserves that recognition for the absolute indomitable spirit that she has as a soccer player. She has the canny ability to always be in the right place at the right time and a work ethic like no player I've ever coached."
Making the All American Second team was Kristyn Richards, the Sophomore defender from Palmdale, California. Richards was a key component of the Mustang defense all year long that led the GSAC and tied for tenth in the NAIA (Our Lady of the Lake University also was tenth) for goals allowed per game with a .59 average. Coach Lewis remarked on his first ever second team All American, "Kristyn Richards is such a great and gifted athlete. She has the ability to read the soccer field and always be in the right position at the right time. Her work ethic is impeccable, she will always give you 110 percent and her ability to distribute the ball out of the back and win tackles set up a huge part of our season for the success that we had.
Honored with Honorable Mention All American recognition were Senior Amanda Diamond and Junior Bobbi Roberts (just the second and third players to do so). Diamond was the backbone of the Mustang defense that lead the GSAC in shutouts with 12, and Goals Against Average at .58. Diamond was 12th in the NAIA's goalkeepers for GAA with .63. She led her team to set a new record for shutouts with 12, breaking the record set last year with 10.
Coach Lewis praised his second year senior goalkeeper, and expressed his surprise at her only receiving honorable mention.
Amanda Diamond, really, I feel, got short changed. I don't know if I saw a better keeper from all the teams that we played. If you look at the first and second teams you'll see a lot of other GSAC players…I would put her up against any keeper from any team and I'd say we had a much better keeper…Stepping from basketball to soccer two years ago, she was a player who just really wanted to enjoy her time on the field. This gave her a very care free spirit on the field-she was a big goof ball, and brought a fun and easy going spirit for the team. She brought a huge sense of leadership and safety to our back line- that's demonstrated in only giving up 10 goals all year long.
Roberts, the powerhouse of the Mustang's middle, had an impact for her team on both ends of the field, getting 6 goals and 6 assists on the season. The junior from Fontana, CA played much bigger than her 5-3 frame suggests, and was a formidable opponent for anyone daring to cross her path. Coach Lewis affirmed Robert's invaluable contribution to his team's success, "Bobbi Roberts is a great technical player. She was a key component to us making it so far. You can see a link in our games between our ability to use her and our success on the field. When we got her touches we did well. She was a crucial link for us from the back line to the front line. She has a great ability to serve balls into the box. She is a very vital part of our offensive strategy and we will need to remember that for next year- we've got to keep giving her the ball.
Lewis continued to emphasize his excitement over his team's honors
I am absolutely blessed to have been a part of this team this year and finish alongside of these girls. Our team has gone from 2-12-1 to 17-3-2 in the last four years and that's a huge testament to the quality of players and girls we have on this team…For our team to get 2 girls in the top 26 in the nation is just unbelievable. It is such a huge testimony to what we're trying to do here at Master's- not only to compete in the right ways, but to be rewarded for your hard work and diligence.